Dancing with the Stars couple Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff are bringing in the New Year with an engagement. On New Year’s Eve, Maksim Chmerkovskiy proposed to girlfriend Karina Smirnoff, presenting her with a Harry Winston engagement ring. According to E Online, Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s proposal came while traveling during the Dancing With The Stars tour. Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff had been dating for six months before the engagement.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a 28-year-old native of Ukraine. He had overcome hardships throughout his childhood, including immigration, language barriers, financial difficulties, and a serious skiing injury. Maksim Chmerkovsky has been a regular on Dancing With The Stars since season 2. He and Mel B. were runners-up in Dancing With The Stars season 5. Many felt they had deserved to win. Maksim Chmerkovskiy most recently paired up with Misty May-Treanor, but had to withdraw because she had ruptured her Achilles tendon.
Karina Smirnoff is a 30-year-old world champion dancer, also a native of Ukraine. Karina Smirnoff is one of many performers who balanced art and academics. She attended Fordham University where she majored in economics and information systems programming. Karina Smirnoff planned on applying to law school, but decided to rededicate herself to dance. She appeared on Dancing With The Stars and has partnered up with Mario Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Rocco DiSpirito.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff Get Engaged: Rebound Relationships
Although Dancing With The Stars’ Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff seem well-matched, some viewers wonder if Maksim Chmerkovskiy is simply a rebound fling. Six months ago, Karina Smirnoff had been through an embarrassing break-up with Mario Lopez. There were rumors that he had cheated on her with a blonde Hooters waitress. Just after the break-up, she had begun dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Rebound relationships can fall apart if they are in it for the wrong reasons. On The Bachelorette, DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak seemed like a promising match. Yet after the season ended, DeAnna Pappas called off the engagement, giving him the old “I love you, but I’m not in love with you” line. In a way, Jesse Csincsak was a rebound choice. She had her sights set on Graham Bunn.
In 2006, Jennifer Aniston told Hollywood.com that rebound relationships were a bad idea, claiming that she needed some time alone after her break-up with Brad Pitt. “What’s hard is the post-break-up when you’re trying to remember how to be alone. It’s not good to jump into another person right away. I think it’s key to get back to yourself.”
After a humiliating break-up, it can be tempting to seek companionship and to mistake a rebound fling for true love. Dancing With The Stars’ Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff may be a promising couple. They share the experience of immigration and a love of dance. Still, given the timing of her break-up with Mario Lopez and her subsequently quick engagement, one has to wonder if Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a rebound fling. Let’s hope that Karina Smirnoff is truly in love with him.